The Brandon Volleyball Club Golden Bears’ provincial rival came back to haunt them at the 14-and-under boys’ Canadian West Open championship in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday.
The Bears, who won the Manitoba championship last month, were undefeated in the western Canadian championship tournament coming into the quarter-finals. However, they were knocked out of the event there by Winnipeg’s 204 Gold, who won the match 2-0 (25-22, 26-24).
The BVC Golden Bears, who fell to 204 Gold in the 2013 provincial final, were forced to settle for a tie for fifth at westerns.
Meanwhile, at the national championships in Edmonton:
The Brandon-based Storm bounced back from a rough opening day to top their power pool on Saturday and play for ninth place in the top division playoffs. On Sunday, they edged Edmonton’s Gold Pandas 2-0 (27-25, 27-25) in the Tier 2 quarter-finals before falling 2-0 (25-20, 25-22) to the Reds, who are from New Brunswick, in the semifinals. The Storm finished the event in a tie for 11th.
The Winnipeg-based Cobras, who feature Brandon University Bobcat recruit Kayla Solomon, won the national title.
In Division 2, the Brandon-based Cats dominated the Tier 4 playoffs by sweeping Newfoundland’s Aigles Espoir Or in the quarter-finals and Saskatoon’s JCVC in the semifinals. They then beat a Calgary’s CW team 2-1 (18-25, 25-15, 15-11) for the Tier 4 crown.
In Division 3, the Big Bear squad that’s from Forrest, fell 2-0 (25-10, 25-20) to the Whitecourt (Alta.) Revz in the Tier 3 quarter-finals.
Brandon Volleyball Club survived its power pool to stay in the top tier of the second division, but fell 2-0 (25-20, 25-21) to the Aztecs from Winkler in the round of 16 to finish in a tie for 41st overall in the age group.
Meanwhile, Brandon-based Team Extreme dropped into the second tier in Division 2 before topping the Clarenville (Nfld.) Cougars 2-1 (25-13, 26-24, 15-9) in the first round of the playoffs and falling 2-0 (25-20, 26-24) to the Sturgeon County (Alta.) Nooks in the quarter-finals.
The Storm fell into the top division’s second tier for the playoffs, and they couldn’t find success there as they fell 2-0 (28-26, 25-22) to the East St. Paul Mavericks in the quarter-finals. The Storm finished in a tie for 13th place in the age group.
Meanwhile, the Cats, who are based out of Carberry, came away with the Division 2 Tier 2 title after topping the Air Attack from Richmond, B.C., 2-0 (27-25, 25-20) in their final. The Cats beat Apex Xplosion from Burnaby, B.C. 2-0 (25-18, 25-11) in the quarter-finals before topping the Lethbridge (Alta.) Avengers 2-1 (22-25, 25-19, 15-12) in the semifinals.
Brandon Volleyball Club fell into the third tier for the playoffs, and was beat 2-0 (25-14, 25-23) by Saskatoon’s Huskies Volleyball Club in the quarter-finals.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 12, 2014